Stockton railway station (County Durham)

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Stockton National Rail
Train leaving Stockton station - - 1746516.jpg
Local authorityStockton-on-Tees
Coordinates54°34′11″N 1°19′06″W / 54.56972°N 1.31833°W / 54.56972; -1.31833Coordinates: 54°34′11″N 1°19′06″W / 54.56972°N 1.31833°W / 54.56972; -1.31833
Grid referenceNZ441196
Station codeSTK
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 77,429
2014/15Decrease 72,906
2015/16Increase 76,940
2016/17Increase 80,624
2017/18Decrease 79,260
Original companyLeeds Northern Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
2 June 1852Opened as Stockton-on-Tees
1852/53Renamed North Stockton
1 November 1892Renamed Stockton-on-Tees
1985Renamed Stockton
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stockton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stockton railway station serves the town of Stockton-on-Tees, within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. The railway station is located on the Durham Coast Line and is operated by Northern who provide all of the station's passenger services. Thornaby railway station, across the River Tees from Stockton-on-Tees provides a wider range of services and acts as the main railway station for most of Stockton-on-Tees. The station originally had a roof but it was removed in 1979 due to being in a bad state of repair and it has not been replaced since (the same work also saw the removal of redundant track & platforms). The other main buildings are also no longer in rail use, having been converted into apartments.

Station facilities here have been improved and included new fully lit waiting shelters, digital information screens and the installation of CCTV. The long-line Public Address system (PA) has been renewed and upgraded with pre-recorded train announcements. A fully accessible footbridge has also been built to provide step-free access to both platforms.[1] There are however no ticket facilities here (the station being unmanned), so all tickets have to be bought prior to travel or on the train.

Grand Central services between Sunderland and London King's Cross pass through the station but do not stop here.


In 1852 the Leeds Northern Railway (LNR), which had been renamed from the Leeds and Thirsk Railway in 1849, extended its route northwards from Melmerby to Billingham-on-Tees (the now-closed original Billingham station) by way of Northallerton and Eaglescliffe.[2] One of the intermediate stations on the line was at Stockton-on-Tees, this station opening on 2 June 1852; it was very soon renamed, becoming North Stockton in either 1852 or 1853.[3] Not long after, in 1854, the LNR amalgamated with several other railways to form the North Eastern Railway (NER).[4] On 1 November 1892 it resumed its original name, and this was retained until 1985 when British Rail simplified the name to Stockton.[3]

The current station is not at the same location as the former terminus of the Stockton and Darlington Railway (though using the same name) - it was constructed in 1892/3 by the NER to replace the earlier one referred to above, which was shared by the LNR and the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway.[5]

The station was also served (albeit indirectly) by the Clarence Railway lines from Ferryhill and Simpasture Junction via Redmarshall, which joined the Leeds Northern line at Norton and also by the NER-built route to Wellfield (where it connected to the West Hartlepool - Haswell - Sunderland line) from 1880. These routes were built primarily to convey coal from the many collieries in the area to the docks at Middlesbrough, but the Ferryhill and Wellfield lines also had local passenger services that called here. Trains on the Wellfield route were withdrawn by the LNER in November 1931, whilst the Ferryhill service ended in March 1952.[6]


There is an hourly service from the station in each direction (with a few peak hour extras), northbound to Sunderland and Newcastle and southbound to Middlesbrough. Many northbound trains continue to Hexham, whilst most southbound trains run through to Nunthorpe (some continue beyond there, including two through trains to Whitby).[7]

On Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction between Middlesbrough and Newcastle, with some extensions to/from Carlisle, plus two additional services between Darlington and Hartlepool that avoid Middlesbrough using the original 1852 link via Stockton Cut Junction. These are the last remnants of the much more frequent direct service (approx two-hourly Mon-Sat plus some Sunday trains) that ran between Darlington and Hartlepool up until 1991.


  1. ^ Stockton station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 8 February 2017
  2. ^ Allen 1974, pp. 100,102–3
  3. ^ a b Butt 1995, pp. 174,220
  4. ^ Allen 1974, p. 107
  5. ^ Body 1988, pp. 161–2
  6. ^ "When Coal Was King: Chapter 2 - Railways"; Retrieved 2013-12-18
  7. ^ UK National Rail Timetable December 2018, Table 44 (Network Rail)


  • Allen, Cecil J. (1974) [1964]. The North Eastern Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0495-1.
  • Body, G. (1988). PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2. Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-072-1.
  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.

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Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Historical railways
Terminus   North Eastern Railway
Clarence Railway
Line open, station closed
Terminus   North Eastern Railway
Clarence Railway
(Port Clarence Branch)
Line open, station closed
Terminus   North Eastern Railway
Castle Eden Railway
  Thorpe Thewles
Line and station closed